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Senior Bioprocessing Associate, Downstream

Umoja Biopharma

Umoja Biopharma

Louisville, CO, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 25, 2024

Umoja Biopharma is a game-changing biotech start-up with locations in Seattle, WA and Louisville, CO, focused on transforming the treatment of cancer with a novel integrated immunotherapy platform. Our vision is to develop off-the-shelf therapies capable of treating any tumor, any time. We are a diverse and growing team working in brand-new facilities in downtown Seattle, Washington, and Louisville, Colorado, and we are looking for innovative thinkers who are excited by groundbreaking science and technology, and passionate about squaring up to the challenges inherent to cutting edge drug development. We are committed to the principles of Diversity Equity and Inclusion and strongly invite applications from enthusiastic individuals who share our commitment and help position Umoja as a leader in this front.

We at Umoja believe in the importance of stories; we are looking for great people to join our team to help us create more stories for ourselves, for you, and most importantly for patients and their families.

Umoja Biopharma – Your Body. Your Hope. Your Cure.


We are seeking a passionate and capable Senior Bioprocessing Associate, Downstream to support Manufacturing Operations during the operation of our newly constructed early-stage cell/gene therapy GMP manufacturing facility located in Louisville, CO. This role will primarily be focused on supporting the downstream purification function of our process, however, will be expected to support other manufacturing functions as well. Primary job responsibilities include, but are not limited to, manufacturing equipment onboarding, qualification, and management, material management, personnel gowning, following personnel/material flow requirements, facility cleaning, executing batch records, aseptic processing, onboarding new manufacturing processes/products, and assisting in the implementation of facility quality systems. Success is measured by successful training and GMP manufacturing. This role will interact on a regular basis with internal process engineers, MSAT, facilities, warehouse/supply chain, EHS, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, external vendors/contractors, and Lab Ops. Strong communication skills are essential to effectively work in our matrix team environment. This is an opportunity to be part of an excellent team working in an exciting environment, focused on realizing the challenge of targeting solid tumors successfully with novel cell/gene therapies.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Assist in the development and implementation of compliant and technically sound programs and systems in support of GMP manufacturing facility Operational Readiness
  • Actively participate in the receipt of internal technology transfer of novel cell/gene therapy manufacturing processes at various scales.
  • Author and review controlled documents and standard operating procedures on behalf of Manufacturing Operations
  • Observe, participate, and perform in internal technology transfer runs from MSAT to Manufacturing
  • Perform activities related to the introduction of new raw materials, bulk drug substance, and drug product specifications from draft through approval
  • Perform equipment cleanings, as required, per routine maintenance events, and pre/post process requirements
  • Adhere to Standard Operating Procedures, good manufacturing practices, and good documentation practices
  • Perform and participate in manufacturing equipment, process, and system validation activities including Environmental Monitoring Performance Qualification (EMPQ), and IQ/OQ/PQ (As applicable) of Manufacturing equipment and systems
  • Perform aseptic manufacture of lentiviral products in an aseptic clean-room environment (ISO5, ISO7, ISO8, ISO9)
  • Maintain inventory and perform stocking activities for gowning, cleaning, and consumable materials to ensure sufficient inventory is available to support manufacturing operations
  • Perform material management activities related to the weigh/dispense and kitting of Bill of Materials items
  • Perform solution and buffer prep operations in a clean-room environment (ISO9)
  • Other duties as needed

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related biotechnology or life-sciences field with 4 years of cGMP manufacturing experience in the pharmaceutical and/or biologics field; OR Associate’s degree in a related biotechnology or life-sciences field with 2 years of cGMP manufacturing experience in the pharmaceutical and/or biologics field ; OR equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience receiving a technology transfer is strongly preferred
  • Prior GMP facility start-up experience is strongly preferred
  • Downstream purification experience is strongly preferred (e.g., depth-filtration, tangential flow filtration, and/or chromatography)
  • Prior gene therapy or viral vector manufacturing experience preferred
  • Demonstrated experience working on results-oriented teams where contribution and collaboration were critical to project success
  • Proficient in computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and web-based applications
  • Self-motivated with strong organization and communication skills and can work independently or as part of a multi-disciplinary matrixed team.
  • Prior MSAT experience is preferred
  • Prior document management experience is preferred
  • Prior deviation investigation experience is preferred
  • Aseptic cell culture experience is a plus

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to gown aseptically and work in a Clean Room environment
  • Ability to work while gowned for extended periods of time
  • Extensive use of laboratory equipment includes handling chemicals and biological materials
  • Must have the ability to work around laboratories, manufacturing areas and equipment, and regularly lift 10-20 lbs. and periodically lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed

Salary Range: $36.57 - $44.00/ hour dependent on experience. This is a non-exempt role.

Benefits Offerings

Umoja Biopharma offers its employees competitive Medical, Dental, and Vision plans. Additionally, we offer Umojians access to a 401k plan through Fidelity, with a 100% match up to their first 6% deferral. Umoja also provides a generous Paid Time Off policy, employee commuter benefits, and cell phone stipend. For a full breakdown of our benefits offerings, please see the Benefits section of our website.